This post is not meant for dummies, but as a few simple reminders about visiting San Francisco for either the newbies or the regulars.
Getting to and from SFO International Airport is easy with multiple options – you’ve got traditional Taxis (about $40-50 to downtown), shuttles like Supershuttle, or public Transportation (i.e, Bart).
Once you’re downtown, your best method of transportation around the city (besides walking) is UBER! Uber is awesome. If you’ve never used Uber, it’s basically a “bring me a private car service now” App for your mobile device. Your card is charged automatically. You just use the app. Get $30 off your first ride if you use this link to sign-up: https://www.uber.com/invite/9yfgp
To get from the Moscone area to the more touristy areas along the bay, I’d suggest taking the street car service. It’s $2 cash (no change!, so have 2 $1 bills). You want the F line Market and Wharves. It can get crowded, so push towards the back! You will want to get on the train on Market street (leave Moscone and walk towards Union Square – that big street is Market. For more info on stops, click here: http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/routes-stops/f-market-wharves
Be a Tourist
Getting into SFO before the conference or need some down time? Be a tourist! Take the streetcar down to the bay and check out the tourist trap area of Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. Then head up to North Beach. It’s not a beach at all, but a quaint little neighborhood full of fun and beauty. Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower are up here and offer some of the best views of the city — on a clear day! There are MANY other things to do, so get out and explore!
San Francisco has great culinary options! Get out and explore different neighborhoods and don’t be scared to try something new. I suggest using Yelp or UrbanSpoon to find something delicious. Some food trucks might also find their way to the Moscone area. We’ll see.
Need a coffee break away from the VMworld Crowd? Check out La Boulange on the corner between the Marriott Marquis and Yerba Buena Gardens. Great coffee and pastries.